THREE CROSSES

Scripture Reading: Luke 23:26-43
 
Today, being Good Friday, we center our minds on the cross. According to Luke, as well as the other gospel writers, Jesus was crucified along with two others. There were actually three crosses, but we rightly focus our thoughts on the center cross, the cross of redemption on which Jesus died. But I believe there was no mistake that He died alongside two others. In fact, according to Isaiah 53, it was predicted that this would happen. Therefore, it is important that we pause and consider the meaning behind the other two crosses on a hill called Calvary.

We are not told anything about the characters who were crucified along with Jesus other than they were criminals and were dying for crimes they had committed. We are told, however, about their attitude toward Jesus. Firstly, there was the cross of rejection. This was the cross on which the criminal hung who rejected Jesus as Savior. He only sought for his own immediate release: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”  He totally rejected Jesus. Although he knew who Jesus was, He rejected the salvation that Jesus was dying to purchase. But then there was the cross of repentance. The thief who accepted Jesus requested, in his dying hour, that Jesus remember Him when He comes into His Kingdom. He received the forgiveness he sought and the promise from Jesus on the cross: “Today you will be with me in paradise.”

Which one of the two crosses would represent your attitude toward Jesus today?  The one rejecting Him or the one receiving Him?  
 
The dying thief rejoiced to see,
that fountain in his day.
And there may I,
though vile as he,
wash all my sins away.

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